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  • Rory Meets Da Team

    ...and we still don't know what Charles looks like...

    I imagine him as his avatar.

  • Tour: Patterns and Practices Lab

    Peter Provost is inspiring.

    I'd like to plug a cable in the back of my neck and get a core dump of Agile.

    Write a book about it, P&P.
  • Danny Thorpe: Hosting the Windows Live Contacts gadget

    Is there a way to extend the data associated with a Windows Live ID?

    Say I want my dental records now that I've moved to Seattle from California, and I hate more unnecessary x-rays and the insurance claims bloat associated with it. Can both ends share a dynamic schema for data we put on the repository ~ Windows Live? Like a massive import mechanism?

    Danny, you need to discover the right word for it. De-gadgetize. Is it a shim? I'm glad you are at Microsoft.

  • Windows Vista WAVE - Windows Audio Video Excellence

    This deserves a DRM tag, Charles.

    Why isn't DRM in the description post? It's 75% of this video.

    I would never have found it, looking for a philosphical discussion on DRM... very nice work of your former teammate, Robert Scoble.

    Great jazz track they'd queued up.

    Vista will be worth the money for the A/V enhancements alone. Yep.

    "Spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down."

    This is more DRM than A/V. Nice work, needs description and tag, please.

    This is a special video imho. Wow.

  • Anders Hejlsberg - LINQ

    Scottt40 wrote:
    Great video and information about Linq. Does anyone know if we will be able to use this type of language in Web Service calls.  Would be great improvement.  Will there ever be a wizard for creating web service calls?

    This qualifies: Web Service Software Factory from p & p.

    It isn't LINQ, but it is released...
  • ARCast - Catching up with patterns & practices

    No mp3 download?

    Length = 00:00:00 ?

    Like hearing from P & P.

  • Alan Cooper - Questions after his keynote

    Zeo wrote:

    I've always wanted to know more about the patterns and practice group at Microsoft.
    I've read many of their white papers and prescriptive guidance papers but I've always wondered about who exactly makes up the group (are they all deep CS PHD research candidates?)  because they seem to publish scary smart stuff that has really great technical breath and depth. 

    The video didn't answer that question so much it highlighted one of the group's core principles of giving real world guidance about deep technical engineering issues.  

    I've got one more day with the P&P team here in Redmond before going back to my cave in Arkansas.

    They are all very bright, a few are outrageously talented. It has been fun recognizing their voices from Ron Jacobs ARCasts and podcasts and from Robert's videos.


    My favorite metaphor from Alan Cooper is that "users are 5-year old kindergarten kids who have absolutely no business telling the teachers how to do their jobs". So true. My best software was delivered without any prototypes or user inspections.

    Documenting the expectations is imperative. Iterative design, going over and over requirements with the clients, is essential. At least that is what I picked up from Alan's interview.

    Good professionals know how and when to tell their clients "No", just like the kindergarten teachers "feed the kids beets and brocolli when they ask for candy". (Kids don't die when they don't get candy.) It isn't like "the customer is always right" it is that the customer needs guidance, just like me here today.

  • Kids Programming Language

    My wife has been requesting that I offer a class to our homeschooling group for programming.

    This is the vehicle for that task.

    Nice choice, thanks for the video.
  • Easy ​Multithread​ed Programming Using ​Background​Worker

    Succint, valuable, and well presented.

    Some may say that Channel 9 for them is all about "getting to know personalities at Microsoft". Well, I'll trade all of that for training.

    This content is what Channel 9 offers me, and I thank you for it.

  • Life and Times of Anders Hejlsberg

    Minh wrote:
    Awesome show. I find myself smiling through out the show. One question I like to ask Anders is -- how did he manage to avoid something that'd claimed so many other MS engineers -- Starting a sentence with "so." Conscious decision?

    Probably because he knew what he was talking about. No need to make stuff up on the spot..., his favorite language feature is that the data model simplifies to the point where "everything is an object".

    ...and, uh, so, his favorite data structure is the circularly linked list.

    Big Smile
  • Bill Gates - A short chat with Microsoft's Chief Software Architect

    When Gates spoke about whether programming jobs will be shipped overseas as the norm...

    "That's a tough question"

  • PDC05 Road Trip - Episode 3

    We can tell who played Red-Man-Space-Dude by his butt crack!